Queensland ASO and DTT services in Alice Springs and Mt Isa
The Australian government has announced that 506,000 households in regional Queensland will switch to digital only free-to-air television on the 6th December this year.
Free-to-air digital TV channels are also available by satellite for viewers in regional and remote areas of Western Australia who cannot receive terrestrial digital TV.
An agreement between the government and broadcasters Win and Prime Television (under joint venture WA Satco) will provide the VAST service to Western Australia. Under the first stage of the agreement, satellite viewers will be able to receive the standard definition commercial channels from Win, GWN and Ten and from the 30th July. The VAST service will provide all nine standard definition and high definition commercial channels.
From the 2nd May, television viewers in Alice Springs and Mt Isa will be able to receive the full suite of digital commercial television services using their existing TV antenna. Terrestrial transmission of the two existing commercial digital television services, Imparja Television and Southern Cross Television, will begin in Alice Springs and Mt Isa from that date. This coincides with the start of a third, digital-only commercial television broadcasting service in remote central and eastern Australia.
Communications minister Stephen Conroy said 79% of households across Australia are now digital ready, according to the latest figures from the Digital Tracker survey for the first quarter of 2011.
Source: Telecompaper & more Telecompaper
Item added: 3rd May 2011